It is not a requirement for students to have A-level maths qualifications for admission onto a chemistry degree programme. This means students start their university life with a range of mathematical ability. In past years teaching mathematics to these students was carried out in a traditional lecture supported by compulsory weekly problem sessions. Dr Maryjane Tremayne identified that students were acting as passive learners in these sessions and not actively attempting problems.
Dr Tremayne worked with The EPS EdLabs and the Maple TA interns to create a set of interactive mathematics material that students needed to work through in the weekly problem classes. The workshops can now be supported with less staff with students receiving and enhanced learning experience.